Death Row Inmate Says AG Slatery Stands in Violation of Due Process

A death row inmate scheduled to die next April is accusing Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery of usurping the authority of a DA involved in his murder case, The Leaf Chronicle reports. This comes after Nashville District Attorney Glenn Funk negotiated a plea deal with convicted murderer Abu-Alu Abdur'Rahman that acknowledged racial bias in the initial trial and commuted Abdur'Rahman's death sentence to life in prison. Slatery appealed the deal saying it improperly voided a death sentence, and that the trial court had no right to re-open the case. In a response, attorney’s for Abdur'Rahman said “The notion that a District Attorney cannot enter an agreed resolution based on his reasoned judgment is utterly alien to basic principles of due process … The Attorney General cannot manufacture a case or controversy when he disagrees with a resolution between the parties made by another independent actor for the State.”

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